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China's Jade Rabbit Moonshot

A model of the moon rover Jade Rabbit displayed during the 15th China International Industry Fair in Shanghai on Nov. 5
A model of the moon rover Jade Rabbit displayed during the 15th China International Industry Fair in Shanghai on Nov. 5Photograph by Imaginechina via AP Images

China’s moon rover has a name: Jade Rabbit. State media reported that the motorized moon buggy was named after a famous Chinese legend about a pet rabbit that lived on the moon. The rocket that will carry Jade Rabbit into space will be launched on an unspecified date in early December, according to China’s State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense.

China’s space program successfully launched a satellite that orbited the moon in 2007, under President Hu Jintao’s watch. Now, a year into the Xi Jinping era, China is aiming for another milestone—its first unmanned moon landing.